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Also Known As: Died: October 9, 1992
Born: September 12, 1905 Cause of Death: heart failure
Birth Place: Tacoma, Washington, USA Profession: executive, producer, screenwriter, publicity director, writer, politician, editor, reporter, publisher

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Veteran film executive, producer and screenwriter. Parsons produced more than 150 theatrical features and three TV series in addition to supervising vast numbers of genre pictures as the production head of Monogram Studios and Allied Artists. He began as a newspaperman and moved into the entertainment industry as the publicity director of Monogram Pictures. Before long Parsons was churning out screenplays for B Westerns--nearly 20 in a five-year period--many starring a bright young talent named John Wayne. He went on to personally produce over 40 films, including some titles in the popular Charlie Chan and Bowery Boys series.Parsons' credits as a producer include films by such notable tough-guy B filmmakers as Bud Boetticher ("Black Midnight" 1949, "The Wolf Hunters" 1949, "The Killer Shark" 1950) and Phil Karlson. A sampling of his voluminous credits yields such colorful titles as "King of the Zombies" (1941), "Law of the Jungle" (1942), "Rhythm Inn" (1951), "Cry Vengeance" (1954), "Desert Pursuit" (1952), "Trail of the Yukon" (1949), "The Adventures of Kitty O'Day" (1944) and "Leave It to the Irish" (1944).

Veteran film executive, producer and screenwriter. Parsons produced more than 150 theatrical features and three TV series in addition to supervising vast numbers of genre pictures as the production head of Monogram Studios and Allied Artists. He began as a newspaperman and moved into the entertainment industry as the publicity director of Monogram Pictures. Before long Parsons was churning out screenplays for B Westerns--nearly 20 in a five-year period--many starring a bright young talent named John Wayne. He went on to personally produce over 40 films, including some titles in the popular Charlie Chan and Bowery Boys series.

Parsons' credits as a producer include films by such notable tough-guy B filmmakers as Bud Boetticher ("Black Midnight" 1949, "The Wolf Hunters" 1949, "The Killer Shark" 1950) and Phil Karlson. A sampling of his voluminous credits yields such colorful titles as "King of the Zombies" (1941), "Law of the Jungle" (1942), "Rhythm Inn" (1951), "Cry Vengeance" (1954), "Desert Pursuit" (1952), "Trail of the Yukon" (1949), "The Adventures of Kitty O'Day" (1944) and "Leave It to the Irish" (1944).

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Worked on the editorial staff of various newspapers including "City News Service" (LA), "Alhambra Post-Advocate", "Calexico Chronicle", "Santa Rosa Press Democrat", and the "Humboldt Times"
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Edited and published the "San Marino News"
1931:
Entered show business as the publicity director of Monogram Pictures
1933:
Became a screenwriter; first credit on "Sagebush Trail", a B-Western starring the young John Wayne
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Wrote at least nine more B-Westerns which starred John Wayne including "The Man From Utah", "Randy Rides Alone", "Paradise Canyon", "Rainbow Valley", and "The Oregon Trail"
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Served as publicity director for Republic Studios
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Scripted a series of Westerns for Grand National Studios and Republic
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Worked as a producer at Grand National Studios
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Served as executive in charge of production for Monogram Studios and Allied Artists
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Personally produced over 40 features including some in the Charlie Chan and Bowery Boys series
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Worked as an independent producer releasing films through Monogram and AA; served as president of Lindsley Parsons Productions
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Produced three TV series, "The Files of Jeffery Jones", "The Gray Ghost", and "The Whistler"
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Worked as a producer at Motion Pictures International
1967:
Produced the directorial debut of William Friedkin, "Good Times" starring Sonny & Cher
1975:
Joined Completion Service Company as executive vice president
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Served as president of Completion Service Company
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Served as executive vice president of Film Finances Inc., A completion guarantee company
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Education

University of California at Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -

Notes

Parsons was a dedicated boating enthusiast who was a writer and contributing editor for Yachting, Pacific Skipper, Motor Boating and Sea magazines.

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wife:
Myrtle Viola Nettleton. Married in December 1957.
wife:
Suzanne Parsons. Second wife; married on June 19, 1958; survived him.

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father:
Louis Parsons.
mother:
Louise Lindsley Parsons.
son:
Lindsley Parsons Jr. Producer, executive. Mother, Myrtle Viola Nettleton; survived him.
son:
Edward L Parsons. Mother, Myrtle Viola Nettleton; survived him.
grandson:
Lindsley Parsons III. Producer. Son of Lindsley Jr; survived him.
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